If you would like to connect with other special education / 504 plan / disabled / disability-related families and individuals or find the information you need, that is what I’m trying to build here.

1. Connect

On Wednesdays during the school year (and more), I’m at Ada’s next to the Palo Alto Library at 8:30-ish.

3700 Middlefield Rd, Adjacent to the Library, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4714

You can send me a text or voicemail at anytime:

  • +1.650.539.4884

Or fill out the form below.

(If there is any sort of information, resource, or other -whatever- that you’d like to share, the form is a great way to share it with me – Thank you!)

if there is enough interest, I’ll start some sort of newsletter. Otherwise, I’ll just reach out when there is something that I think you might be interested in or find helpful.

…. and if you aren’t interested, that’s fine too.

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2. Resources

I’ve pulled together a lot of information that I’ve found and pulled it together so you can find things (more) easily. This is one of the biggest challenges I’ve had with anything related to disabiltiy and special education since becoming part of this “world” in 2016.

If you’ve got anything to add, let me know!

Other California Special Education Resources

Palo Alto Special Education Data

2.1 Color Commentary

I often show up at the Palo Alto School Board meetings to keep Special Education and Disability issues on the agenda (as it isn’t there very often). Here are some of the highlights and other relevant things I’ve written.

(starting in the Fall of 2021 when we moved to Palo Alto)

  • Real High School Diplomas for All Students

    While it is great seeing so many parents here fighting for access to higher mathematics, I’m here asking for Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) to bother to teach my son to add. There are around 60 to 90 specific common core standards for each grade in elementary school which get turned into the 30… … continue reading

  • Palo Alto’s 504 Plan Puzzle

    Palo Alto Unified School District’s 504 Plan demographics are substantially different than California’s or the rest of the US states with around 7% of our students having a 504 plan (see attachments) vs. the national average of 2.7%, California at 4% and the highest state average New Hampshire at 6.2% (tab 2 of “Enrollment-Overall”) Thank… … continue reading

  • Segregated Special Education in Palo Alto – a long way to go

    “when students are included, they have more access to the general curriculumand effective instruction, they achieve at higher rates of academicperformance, and they acquire better social and behavioral outcomes.” According to the latest report under IDEA for Palo Alto, 7.75% of students spend less than 40% oftheir day in general education (reports from 2021). Compared… … continue reading